Burnett was granted his release from the Steelers on Monday after a disappointing 2018 in which he totaled only 30 tackles in 11 games. The 30-year-old should compete for the starting role at strong safety with new addition Eric Murray, as 2018 starter Jabrill Peppers was sent to the Giants in the trade for Odell Beckham (quadriceps) in March.
The Steelers have released Burnett.
Burnett fell off the IDP radar last season, logging just 30 total tackles in 11 games in his first and only season with the Steelers. Whether the 30-year-old resurfaces on the fantasy radar in 2019 depends on where he ends up, but it seems unlikely he'll approach the statistical heights he reached during his peak years as a Green Bay Packer.
Pittsburgh planned to release the 30-year-old safety this past Wednesday but will wait another week because of an accounting issue. Regardless of when it happens, Burnett figures to have trouble finding a starting job on the open market, as he hasn't played a 16-game season since 2012 and struggled in coverage the past couple years. It wasn't so long ago that Burnett was the top tackle compiler among all defensive backs, averaging 7.6 per game in 60 appearances from 2011 to 2014.
Burnett had 30 tackles in 11 games during his first season with the Steelers, and was overtaken for snaps at strong safety by rookie Terrell Edmunds. The veteran then served in a hybrid safety/linebacker role, but apparently wants to play the more traditional position. Burnett carries about a $6.5 million cap hit for next season, and could be released with approximately $2.8 million in dead cap.
Burnett had three tackles (all solo) during Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati.
After eight years with Green Bay in which he averaged over 87 tackles per season Burnett struggled in his first season with Pittsburgh, finishing the 2018 season with 30 tackles in 11 games. Outplayed by rookie Terrell Edmunds, Burnett still has two years remaining on his current contract and will likely return in 2019 to provide depth in the Pittsburgh secondary.
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|2011||Green Bay Packers||16||107||78.0||29||1||3||0||0.0||0||0||11|
|2012||Green Bay Packers||16||123||88.0||35||2||2||1||0.5||1||0||5|
|2013||Green Bay Packers||13||96||60.0||36||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||6|
|2014||Green Bay Packers||15||130||94.0||36||1.5||1||32||32.0||32||0||4|
|2015||Green Bay Packers||11||68||47.0||21||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||5|
|2016||Green Bay Packers||15||93||70.0||23||3||2||19||9.5||19||0||9|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||12||68||48.0||20||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
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|2011||Green Bay Packers||16||0||0||2||0||2||25||2||0|
|2012||Green Bay Packers||16||0||0||2||0||1||0||1||0|
|2013||Green Bay Packers||13||0||0||0||0||3||12||3||1|
|2014||Green Bay Packers||15||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|
|2015||Green Bay Packers||11||0||0||2||0||1||21||1||0|
|2016||Green Bay Packers||15||0||0||0||0||1||35||1||0|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||12||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|